Jurgen Klopp delivers verdict on Liverpool v Leicester following Ranieri sacking
By Danny Wright
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he may have to face a reaction from Leicester’s players after Claudio Ranieri was sacked on Thursday.
Liverpool travel to Leicester on Monday night and Klopp has said to the Daily Post that they cannot do anything about the opposition’s motivation and must solely focus on his own.
The Reds boss added that it is up to his side to not let the title holders’ reaction get the better of them.
“Things I have no influence on I cannot really think about,” the German boss said. “Does it change a lot for us? Not sure, we will see.
“I think probably the two assistants will do it so that’s not a change.
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“Probably the players have to show a few things and they (will) want to. It is obvious to not let them.
“You saw the Champions League game (against Sevilla in midweek) and the reaction after they scored: it was like two different games before and after they scored.”
Ranieri was sacked after the 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League however it was no doubt the club’s poor league performance that cost the Italian his job.
The Foxes have lost their last five matches in the Premier League and are just one point away from dropping into the relegation zone.
They would be the first ever Premier League champions to be relegated in the following season should their form fail to improve.
Klopp will be hoping that he can continue the poor form for the East Midlands club and help his own side return to the top four of the league.
Liverpool are currently fifth with 49 points, just one point behind Manchester City and Arsenal who hold third and fourth position.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp confirms that this 27-year-old is back in action of the Monday’s game with Leicester.